The Top 100 Halloween movies of All-time.

by Eric-Scissorhands | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

"Bonfires burning bright, Pumpkin faces in the night, I remember Halloween!"

These are my picks of a hundred or so of the most Quintessential Halloween themed films, specials, and television shows to view around the month of October.

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1. Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz

Votes: 78,629 | Gross: $39.51M

The quintessential Halloween film for me growing up. I watch it every year.

2. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 198,444 | Gross: $47.00M

No list is complete without this slasher classic TBH.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 261,864 | Gross: $75.08M

This is for both Halloween & X-Mas.

4. Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)

TV-G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

After learning she is a witch, a girl helps save a town full of other supernatural creatures.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman

Votes: 10,248

Another Disney made for TV Halloween treat that floods me with nostalgia with every viewing.

A bunch of sequels followed but none worth seeing more than once IMO. This is the only entry to the franchise Ive seen multiple times.

5. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror

Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 72,788

Captures the Halloween atmosphere Perfectly.

6. The Addams Family (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Hedaya

Votes: 111,999 | Gross: $113.50M

+ The Addams Family Values

Even though I love the classic tv show and it's cast, its hard to decide who did it better when theyre both so damn goooood.

7. Beetlejuice (1988)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A recently-deceased husband and wife commission a bizarre demon to drive an obnoxious family out of their home.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Annie McEnroe

Votes: 224,430 | Gross: $73.71M

He's the ghost with the most.

8. Casper (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Bill Pullman, Christina Ricci, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle

Votes: 103,330 | Gross: $100.33M

I was so in love with Christina Ricci as a kid thanks to this as well as her Addams Family appearances, so naturally this would crack my top 10.

Its fun little movie with a great soundtrack, awesome cameos, and lots of charm the whole family can enjoy.

9. Monster House (2006)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Director: Gil Kenan | Stars: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Newman

Votes: 86,676 | Gross: $73.66M

Super fun animated feature about a bunch of kids who take on a house thats been possessed during Halloween.

10. When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Family

When 12 year old Danny Walker moves to his father's hometown in Minnesota, he finds that the town doesn't celebrate Halloween and things aren't quite what they appear to be.

Director: Patrick Read Johnson | Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Tom Amandes, Roy Billing, Brittany Byrnes

Votes: 1,010

Extremely underrated made for tv gem.

11. The Haunting of Hill House (2018– )

TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

Stars: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 84,061

12. The Crow (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 152,167 | Gross: $50.69M

Devils Night.

13. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Special)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Cathy Steinberg

Votes: 13,632

Classic.

14. Donnie Darko (2001)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

88 Metascore

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne

Votes: 681,901 | Gross: $1.48M

Time Traveling, alternate universes, beautiful visuals Frank the Bunny Rabbit and disturbed teenagers.

Theres a reason this is a cult classic.

15. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 537,999

The show relies heavily on 80's nostalgia all throughout the series. Not a complaint, just an observation. its what attracted me to watch it in the 1st place and I enjoyed every minute of it.

2nd season is good too, but not as good as the 1st unfortunately. Its set in Halloween though unlike the first which is always a nice touch.

16. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 299,993 | Gross: $101.07M

Tim Burton takes on the classic tale with style and grace.

17. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

PG | 13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 13,757

Halloween just wouldnt be the same without this horror inspired pop classic.

18. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 327,668 | Gross: $435.11M

Takes place around Halloween.

19. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 23,902 | Gross: $3.77M

Some of the most famous Universal Monsters come together for this campy late 80s/Goonies styled halloween classic.

Just plain fun.

20. The Halloween Tree (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Animation, Drama, Family

Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.

Director: Mario Piluso | Stars: Ray Bradbury, Leonard Nimoy, Annie Barker, Alex Greenwald

Votes: 1,596

This is entertaining as well as informative. It takes you on a journey through the history of Halloween and its origins.

21. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Stars: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo

Votes: 29,308

22. Halloween Wars (2011– )

42 min | Family, Game-Show, Reality-TV

In this four-episode competition series, five teams are comprised of candy makers, pumpkin carvers, and cake decorators. While working together to create the ultimate Halloween themed ... See full summary »

Stars: Shinmin Li, Jonathan Bennett, Justin Willman, Brian Kinney

Votes: 272

23. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 241,961

Murder house is my favorite season to get to the Halloween mood so far. Followed by Asylum, then Coven, then Hotel. Dont really care for the other seasons.

24. The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it?

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: Jonelle Allen, Shari Belafonte, LeVar Burton, Peter DeLuise

Votes: 1,332

This movie is seldom mentioned anymore which is a shame because its a fun little Halloween movie.

25. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)

G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 2,257

Super cheesy and low budget but a classic nevertheless.

26. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 323,125 | Gross: $232.91M

Probably one of the greatest horror movies ever made.

27. Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 47 min | Animation, Comedy

The Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular is based on the comics and children's books of popular artist and writer Jill Thompson. Jill has won numerous awards for her fabulous watercolour ... See full summary »

Director: Ezekiel Norton | Stars: Garry Chalk, Noel Callahan, Alex Doduk, Britt Irvin

Votes: 608

28. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Votes: 379,928 | Gross: $137.40M

29. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 314,984 | Gross: $238.63M

30. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror, Thriller

69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 323,795 | Gross: $327.48M

31. Idle Hands (1999)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

31 Metascore

A teenage slacker's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba

Votes: 36,615 | Gross: $4.00M

32. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 95,373

33. R.L. Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015 TV Movie)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Teenage friends must resist the spell of an evil showman staging a house of horrors show in their small town.

Director: Peter DeLuise | Stars: Dove Cameron, Braeden Lemasters, Katherine McNamara, Casey Dubois

Votes: 1,629

34. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 68,048 | Gross: $12.63M

35. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 119,374 | Gross: $139.88M

36. The Addams Family (1964–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.

Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Votes: 11,337

+ Halloween with the new Addams Family (1977)

37. The Munsters (1964–1966)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

Votes: 10,115

+ Munster, Go Home! & Munsters Revenge

38. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 822,354 | Gross: $293.51M

39. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 174,474 | Gross: $75.29M

40. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney

Votes: 98,029

41. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

PG | 95 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano

Votes: 7,434 | Gross: $8.40M

42. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

79 Metascore

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke, Craig T. Nelson, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 125,383 | Gross: $76.61M

43. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

52 Metascore

After a tragic car accident kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 75,432 | Gross: $16.76M

44. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 29,960 | Gross: $10.36M

45. Rose Red (2002)

PG-13 | 254 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house.

Stars: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes

Votes: 19,860

46. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

PG | 142 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

82 Metascore

It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new "Defense Against the Dark Arts" teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards' Prison and is coming after Harry.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 469,587 | Gross: $249.36M

47. ParaNorman (2012)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

72 Metascore

A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.

Directors: Chris Butler, Sam Fell | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Tucker Albrizzi

Votes: 84,978 | Gross: $56.00M

48. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 517,709 | Gross: $32.00M

49. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

7.9